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Greenford killing: Boys detained for Paula Castle manslaughter

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Media captionPaula Castle died after being pushed to the ground

Two boys who fatally injured an 85-year-old woman in a London alley have been sentenced to six years detention.

Partially-sighted Paula Castle fell to the ground after the boys, aged 15 and 14, mugged her in Greenford, last November. She died a day later.

Jiervon Bartlett and Nayed Hoque used her money and bank card to buy food and charge their mobile phones.

The pair, who admitted manslaughter, also robbed a 75-year-old woman the next day, the Old Bailey heard.

The judge lifted an anonymity order on Bartlett of Northolt, west London, and Hoque of Mile End, east London, both now 15, because of the seriousness of the crime.

'Horrific injuries'

They were sentenced to six years for the manslaughter, four years for the robbery of Mrs Castle and three years for the robbery of Rosé Mohammed, all to run concurrently.

Image caption Jiervon Bartlett and Nayed Hoque will serve six years at a young offenders' institution

Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, described it as a "grave case".

"Rather than intending to cause really serious injury, they simply did not care what happened to her," he said.

Mrs Castle was robbed in Oldfield Lane South, Greenford, during which she suffered "horrific facial injuries" before sustaining the fatal head wounds, police said.

Mrs Castle's daughter-in-law Jane, said: "Paula had coped in the last few years with the sudden death of her husband and her only child, Brian, at the age of 51 years.

"She had also suffered a stroke."

'Brave and admirable'

She said her mother-in-law was registered blind and was frail but despite this lived independently, managing her house, garden and shopping.

"We all thought [this] was brave and admirable," she said.

Image caption Linda Smith, Paula Castle's neighbour, said she was missed locally

"With all that Paula had been through and survived in her life, the fact that she died in such appalling circumstances fills the family with great sadness."

Mrs Castle had three grandsons for whom she was the last link with their father, she said.

"The boys have found it incredibly difficult to cope with the loss of their grandmother," Jane Castle added.

Linda Smith, Mrs Castle's neighbour of 27 years, said her death had been greeted with "horror".

"You think 'What's the world coming to?'," she said. "It's dreadful that society's come to this, that young kids have to steal."

She said Mrs Castle had been a very nice, private woman who was missed by people locally.

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